Published on Dec 3, 2019
The action aims to bring attention to the very present impacts of the climate and ecological emergency we face, particularly those from the Global South/Majority World. [a bit more context on the action when the time is right]
“Throughout this COP we want delegates to take a moment to pause and reflect all the past, present and future life lost due to this planetary emergency,” commented XXX from Extinction Rebellion Spain. “This issue is at its core a human rights issue – as well as an environmental one. Unfortunately, the speed and level of commitment from governments so far is not nearly enough. We are heading towards 4 degrees of warming which will mean a lot more suffering and not much justice if we let things continue the way they currently are. We need to think bigger and remember that we are all part of this ecosystem, this one planet together.”
The action, which comes on the second day of COP25, is carried out by Rebels Without Borders, which sees people coming together from more than 19 different nations and all walks of life to the Spanish capital to deliver an Ultimatum to the global community as representatives gathering for this year’s important summit.
Ultimatum for humankind: Time has all but run out Madrid’s COP25 represents a true ultimatum for humankind and all ecosystems: time has all but run out to avert the worst of the catastrophe our planet faces. In the face of such unimaginable carnage, which scientists have been warning about for over four decades, the only viable option is for a massive, peaceful and democratic mobilisation to demand immediate change, not just individual action.
24 years on from the first COP, the summit’s cause has become more crucial than ever. Yet global commitment is criminally absent. Goals set out by previous COPs, including Paris’ COP 21 celebrated agreement, and ignored in a stubborn and suicidal pursuit of business as usual. A mere 16 countries out of the 195 which signed the Paris Agreement are complying with it. Meanwhile, the Amazon, Siberia, the Arctic and Koalas burn.
Extinction Rebellion groups around the world demand the following of their governments, which each country adapting the demands to their context: That governments Tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change. Governments must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025. Governments must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.